Lighting Test

Paul C. Buff “Einstein” Lighting Test

I bought a used Paul C. Buff “Einstein” (model E640) stu­dio strobe just before Christmas; the pack­age arrived on New Year’s Eve. So far I really like it; I’ve been try­ing dif­fer­ent set­tings, mod­i­fiers, dis­tances and so forth. I took this self-​portrait with 2 lights: the Einstein, plus an inex­pen­sive speed­light. Here’s the setup:

Subject dis­tance from both lights
≈ 8′
Key Light
Einstein is to sub­ject front & left, ~7′ up, with a 43″ sil­ver “bounce” umbrella angled at sub­ject
Einstein is set to 5600K at ƒ/-5.0
Fill Light
Yongnuo YN 560 III is to sub­ject front & right, ~5′ up, with LumiQuest Softbox III aimed at sub­ject
Yongnuo is set to 132 power & 24mm focal length
Camera dis­tance from sub­ject
≈ 1 meter (3′ 3″)
Lens
Leica Tele-​Elmarit-​M 90mm ƒ/2.8 Nr. 11 800
ISO
160
Shutter speed
1180 sec­ond
Aperture
ƒ/2.8

I made basic tonal adjust­ments on the image.

Lighting Test 100% Crop
Lighting Test 100% Crop

I don’t have a power pack or Paul C. Buff trig­gers or trans­ceivers yet, so the light was run­ning on AC power and I fired the flash with a Yongnuo trans­mit­ter and 2 Yongnuo receivers. You can read my review of the LumiQuest Softbox III here.

— Chris J. Zähller

About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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